• Kim Bresseleers

June 5, 2020 World Environment Day


This year, World Environment Day is hosted by Colombia and the theme is to raise awareness on the importance of taking care of nature and our planet’s biodiversity.


Biodiversity


Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water. It affects every aspect of human health:

  • providing clean air and water

  • nutritious foods

  • scientific understanding and medicine sources

  • natural disease resistance

  • climate change mitigation

Changing, or removing one element of this web affects the entire life system and can produce negative consequences.


Human actions have pushed nature beyond its limit. Examples are:

  • deforestation

  • encroachment on wildlife habitats

  • intensified agriculture

  • acceleration of climate change

It would take 1.6 Earths to meet the demands that humans make of nature each year. If we continue on this path, biodiversity loss will have severe implications for humanity, including the collapse of food and health systems.



Small changes can make a big difference!


Keep the car at home.

  • It reduces the amount of dangerous greenhouse gases we release into the environment.

  • You can bike, walk, use public transportation or share a car, ...

Reduce food waste.

  • If people around the world saved just one quarter of the food they now waste, we could end global hunger.

  • The wasted food ends up in the landfills, where it eventually turns into a destructive greenhouse gas called methane.

  • You can create a compost pile, learn to love leftovers, find a local food kitchen and donate to the ones in need, ...

Use less packaging.

  • Food packaging and containers create 39 million tons of waste annually. A whole lot of those containers end up in landfills, where they release more methane into the air.

  • You can recycle and reuse, use a disposable grocery bag, buy in bulk, ...

Eat smarter.

  • Every stage of the food production process, from packaging to shipping, uses energy. And certain foods leave a bigger carbon footprint than others.

  • You can eat organic, buy local, grow your own food, go vegan or eat less animal products, ...

Shop environmentally.

  • Buying green means keeping the environment in mind with every shopping excursion. It is all about the little things, like checking for labels that say “recycled” or hunting the thrift shop.

  • You can bring your own bag, clean with eco-friendly products, use natural care products and makeup, buy recycled paper products, purchase energy-efficient electrical appliances, ...

Saving the planet seems like an impossible task. But if everyone does just a little bit over time, these small changes will add up to a big impact on the environment.




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